10. Manassas Park returns only one starter from a team that made one of the more dramatic turnarounds in recent memory. The Cougars won 11 games last year, 10 more than they had the previous two years. On the flip side, Hylton lost its final 10 district games last year, but are hopeful that a strong returning cast can propel the Bulldogs into Cardinal contention.

9. Woodbridge's boys have advanced to the regional tournament for nine straight years; with a regional appearance this season, the Vikings girls also will make it nine in a row.

8. If Prince William County can place a boys or girls team in the Virginia AAA state tournament, it would run the county's streak to eight straight years that it has been so represented.

7. There are seven new coaches in the Prince William/Stafford area, including Larry Baker taking over for Fred Milbert as girls coach at Gar-Field, which at 232-27 was the dominant area program of the '90s.

6. The Potomac boys, who parlayed six regional appearances in the '90s into four state tournament berths, will try to regain their standing in the district after a year in which they won a respectable 17 games but finished in fourth place.

5. Stonewall Jackson's boys lost their top five scorers off the surprising 1998-99 team that went 8-4 in the Cardinal District and won 10 of its last 12 games.

4. Gar-Field Coach Andy Gray says a team with four district losses could win the Cardinal boys title this year. Many consider the district the stiffest area conference in years. "I think 8-4 might win it," Gray said.

3. Gar-Field's girls, who have averaged only two losses a season in the '90s, lost three times to Woodbridge last year. The lone win, however, was enough to give the Indians their 12th consecutive district title.

2. Is this the season the Potomac girls muscle their way into one of the top two spots in the Cardinal District? The experienced Panthers have increased their win total each of the past five seasons to a decade-high 13 victories in 1998-99.

1. Two times in the '90s, Prince William teams have ended the season number one, Potomac's boys in 1995 and Gar-Field's girls in '98.